Virtual Reality in education: SPACEBUZZ rocket on Tilburg University campus
SPACEBUZZ is a revolutionary non-profit Virtual Reality educational program developed in collaboration with Tilburg University and ESA astronaut André Kuipers. The goal of the program is to inspire children to become ambassadors of earth. During the Dutch Technology Week, pupils from ten different elementary schools will be trained as astronauts and make a journey in space in a real-life rocket. On May 23 and 24, the rocket will be stationed on the Tilburg University campus.
The SPACEBUZZ program uses the latest technologies to teach children in a playful way about topics like space, the earth, science, and technology. In the past year, Prof. Max Louwerse and Maarten Horden have worked together very closely with the SPACEBUZZ team. Dr. Marie Postma and PhD student Anna van Limpt have recently joined the team in the framework of the Digital Society agenda of the VSNU, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands.
The purpose is to investigate innovation in the educational system, from elementary school to university. Louwerse and his team are already doing that in the DAF Technology Lab, the virtual and mixed reality lab on campus, but they are now taking things a step further. Louwerse: “We want to offer a learning program where children are learning without being aware of the fact that they are learning!” This is something that can be realized with the help of Virtual Reality combined with artificial intelligence and serious gaming.
On Thursday, several students have a chance to visit the SPACEBUZZ.